Compact, portable headphone amplifier and DAC is designed to deliver music at up to studio-master-tape quality.

Chord Electronic's five-star, Award-winning Hugo DAC/amp now has a baby brother in the form of the £399 Mojo (the name is based on a contraction of the word's 'mobile joy' apparently).

Packed inside its distinctive matt black aluminium casework is all manner of technology, based on the bigger Hugo's platform. Mojo connects to smartphones and portable players via one of three high-resolution digital inputs: microUSB, optical and a 3.5mm coaxial input.

"Low-cost, widely available apps - such as Onkyo's HF player for iOS and Android - now make high-res music playback easy on a wide range of smartphones," says Chord.

It's with that in mind that it has developed the ultra-compact Mojo. The device measures 22x60x82mm (HWD), weighs 180g and has a claimed battery life of ten hours. Chord says a full recharge via the microUSB connection takes just four hours thanks to the use of new high-temperature battery technology.

Read our Chord Hugo review

The Chord Hugo (left) alongside the Mojo

There's extensive format support, including PCM, WAV, AAC, AIFF, MP3 and FLAC. Mojo will also handle DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256. What's more, the optical input can handle audio up to 192kHz, while the microUSB and RCA mini jack operate up to 768kHz.

Input selection is automatic: if more than one input is active, they are prioritised as USB first, coaxial second and optical third.

Chord has taken pains to make the device easy to use, with minimal switches and controls. There are spherical buttons for powering it on and off, volume control and audio frequency information. The power button illuminates in different colours depending on the type of audio file being played: red for CD-quality (44.1kHz), orange for 48kHz, green for 96kHz and so on, up to bright white for DSD.

In addition, there are two 3.5mm headphone jacks and charging is via microUSB. The latter has a battery status and charging indicator.

More after the break

The Mojo has three digital inputs for hooking up a high-res player or smartphone

As for performance, Chord claims an output of 35mW into 600 ohms, rising to 720mW into 8 ohms.

Inside Chord uses a new Artix-7 FPGA chipset from Xilinx which has been customised by its own engineers, rather than relying on an off-the-shelf chip. "The Mojo distils 27 years of high-performance audio know-how into a single device designed to empower the smartphone," says Chord. "It uses the most advanced conversion technology available, to deliver genuinely unrivalled sound quality to up to two pairs of headphones."

We've already had the Mojo in for extensive testing, and you can read our full review by clicking on the link below.

Read our Chord Mojo review


Graham Luke's picture

Just read your review; thank

Just read your review; thank you.

It would be good to also know how 16/44.1 and, say, iTunes files fared with the little Mojo.

Green Bow's picture

Yep CD quality reviews are a must

I have to agree with you that impressions of CD-quality music with DAC, DAP, etc are equally important. I believe many of us will be listening at this resolution. Then hoping to move to HD-audio when a reputable website sells music we know. I really wish someone like Amazon would do this. Otherwise every CD I buy I realise I might want to re-buy in HD.

I still by CDs. Partly because HD-audio is expensive, and I don't know where to buy regular HD-music from. I have looked at websites like HD-Tracks. Most of their music is 96KHz. However we are told whether wrong or rigth that quite a bit of 96KHz stuff is just upsampled 44KHz. No way do I feel confident enough to pay £18 for that when I pay £8 for a CD. Most other high-res-music websites list music I have never even heard of.

I have written to What Hi-Fi recently and effectively begged them to include CD-quality reviews of equipment. We are usually left to extrapolate what 44.1KHz plays like. There's usually mention of MP3 quality, so I guess between that and 192KHz.

I just bought the Mojo.


Michael C Jenkins's picture sells sells hi-res audio from anyone that releases hi-res audio. Very reputable.

Andy Clough's picture

Mojo review

Extremely well is the answer: listening to CD-quality streams on Tidal through the Mojo and my MacBook Pro right now.

trevornoonan's picture

Mojo and MQA

Hi Andy. Will be hoping to use it with Tidal myself in the future. Before I invest is there any indication if MQA streaming from Todal will require hardware with MQA onboard or if there will be software embedded in the Tidal App to do the decoding? If the decoding is via software, would this mean that the post-decoding hi-res tracks  tracks would then play over the Mojo or other DAC at that 24/192 or 24/384 resolution? Thanks.

Andy Clough's picture

Mojo and MQA

Simple answer is I don't know. I think in most cases you'll need hardware with MQA onboard but we haven't had any details confirmed yet from Tidal.

trevornoonan's picture

Mojo vs HA-2

Thanks for the response Andy. It would be a shame if this was the case as Tidal users are at the leading edge of the affordable portable hifi movement. I understand that MQA is a proprietary system and Meridian have to make money out of it but there would seem to be room to include decoding as part of  the (likely) higher-priced MQA-streaming Tidal package. Finally, is it fair to say the the Mojo is worth the 60% premium over the Oppo HA-2? Thanks.

Andy Clough's picture

Mojo vs HA-2

Well let's just say that we've tested the Mojo directly against the Oppo for our Awards judging, and all will be revealed on October 26th wink

trevornoonan's picture

Mojo vs HA-2

Nice. Looking forward to reading the issue and will stick to my trusty iDsp until I see the verdictlaugh

KevH's picture

Is this a DAC


0cm;line-height:24.5pt">Why is there a list of formats? How are these formats delivered to the device? It does not appear to support flash drives, SD cards, airplay or DNLA?

I would be looking to use it with my IOS device, but it does not appear to be IOS certified or have Airplay, so how would I connect my phone - can I plug in via USB or do I require the camera kit?

And if I use the camera kit, does this effect sound quality?

I'm looking for the best way to stream Tidal, and I have to say I'm coming up short! There appears to be no way of storing music locally on a PC, and online streaming is prone to buffering issue (likely to cause huge amounts of jitter).

I have to say, although I've not done a thorough listening test, so far the sound from my IOS device is better than from my PC. It's usually the other way around, but I guess it's because there's no proper app for the PC.

So the question is do I get the more expensive Hugo, or one of these and a streamer that supports Tidal? 


Andy Clough's picture

Using Mojo with iOS

You can use the Mojo with your iPhone or iPad to stream, say, Tidal through the Mojo. Yes, you will need the Lightning USB camera cable, to which you connect the short USB to micro USB cable that comes with the Mojo.

Works a treat for me with a decent pair of headphones.

KevH's picture

Thanks Andy - Your a star

Thanks Andy, you’re a star, I've been trying to work out if the more expensive Hugo would work, I’ve heard mixed reports about the successfulness of this solution.

While your on, which in your opinion would give me the best Tidal performance:   

      Hugo + iPhone / iPad  or

      Naim UnitiQute (as a streamer only) or

      Bluesound node + Mojo / Chordette Qute?

Andy Clough's picture

Tidal streaming

We haven't tested the Bluesound Node/Mojo/Chordette combo so I can't comment on that I'm afraid. Naim UnitiQute would probably be better than the Hugo/iPhone combo but of course you'd need external speakers.

KevH's picture

Thanks again

Thanks for the advice Andy.

The primary use of the Mojo / Hugo (depending how rich I'm feeling) would have been using either as a line out source, or the headphone out direct into my power amp, with the occasional use as a headphone amp (iPhone headphone amp is ok but nothing special) when out on the road.

With the Naim I get a proper pre-amp out, and it's even possible I would be able to junk my aging Rotel power amp, so that's sounding like the best option.